Sunshine Coast
We had never been to the Sunshine Coast before despite our now 14 years living in BC.  Who knew how easy it would be? With a quick 20 minute drive from downtown to the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal and a 40 minute ride on BC Ferries we landed in Langdale, BC at 10:30 last Sunday morning.  We sailed past Islands we knew little about including Gambier and Keats (we have actually been to Bowen Island before – see last year’s trip post).  It was a beautiful and sunny day so we made a few stops along the way to our intended destination the Sechelt Golf & Country Club.

Gibson’s Landing
We took the scenic route (instead of Highway 101) from the ferry terminal to Gibson’s Landing which still only took less than 10 minutes.  We took a walk down the dock and snapped a few pictures of Molly’s Reach (where CBC filmed the Beachcombers for 20 years) and Persephone (the boat) before heading up the highway a bit further (more on Molly’s Reach later).  Our next stop was Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club.  We did not have time to play or to hit balls but we grabbed a quick drink in the clubhouse and took in the great view of the golf course from the absolutely huge patio.  It would be a great place to come for lunch if we had more time (and to golf if we had even more time).  Next it was a stop at Porpoise Bay to watch a Horizon Air plane land (no porpoise sightings) and then up the hill to Sechelt Golf & Country Club.  A full blog post will be dedicated to our visit to the course.

Halfmoon Bay
After golf we continued north along Highway 101 as far as Halfmoon Bay.  We were interested in checking out some of the biking trails for a future trip but found the trail heads and parking lots not marked well enough to even know where to start.  We did stop at the end of Wharf street to snap a few photos of the Bay before heading back to Gibsons.

Dining
Besides lunch at the golf course we had the opportunity to dine at The Waterfront Restaurant for dinner and Molly’s Reach for breakfast both located in Gibson’s Landing.  The view from The Waterfront was terrific.  The service was average as was the food with the one exception being the Sweet Chili Prawn appetizer which was lightly battered and served with a delicious sauce.  The prices were very reasonable on both food and wine (no 200%+ wine mark up here).  For breakfast at Molly’s Reach we sat on the outdoor patio.  Even without a waterfront view there was a decent amount of both foot and car traffic on the street and the dock entrance to keep us entertained.  The service was fast and very friendly and the food was good.  We both loved the potato cakes that accompanied the meals.

 

Ferry Home
After breakfast it was back to Langdale to wait for the ferry back to Horseshoe Bay.  While there are a few places on the Sunshine Coast that we still want to visit (Painted Rock Resort, Rockwater Cove Resort, a round of golf at Sunshine Coast G & CC) our first impression was such that we would choose Bowen Island as a quick getaway destination to relax for a day or two instead.  However, we do plan to go back to finish off the whole trip up the Coast so stay tuned.  To view the full photo set of our trip click here.